The Avian egg incubation workshop is a five day practical workshop designed to give participants the skills required to successfully incubate bird eggs and deal with problems that could arise.

What is the course content?

The workshop will cover the following:

  • Embryo and membrane development
  • Factors affecting hatchability before and during incubation
  • Hatchery management techniques
  • Artificial incubation and its role in field conservation programmes

Who will lead the course?

The course is being run by Susie Kasielke, avian biologist at Toledo Zoo & Aquarium. There will also be additional lectures from Durrell's bird department.

How will you benefit?

Participants will break out embryos at all stages of development (older embryos are euthanised first) and gain first hand experience of candling techniques, egg repair, hatching assistance and egg necropsy. 

Where will the course be run?

The course will be held at the Durrell Conservation Academy at Durrell's headquarters in Jersey.

Download workshop leaflet here.

To register your interest and request further details, please email

How much will it cost?

What is the cost?

Course fee: £650 this includes:

  • All course materials
  • Unlimited entry to Jersey Zoo during the course
  • Certificate of attendance

Optional full board accommodation is available in our on-site hostel for £52.50 per person per night. Optional lunches are available for non-residents at £8 per person per day.